Disability in Iowa: Public Health Needs Assessment

(2014) Disability in Iowa: Public Health Needs Assessment. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of adults reporting a disability is expected to increase, along with the need for appropriate medical and public health services. People with disabilities (PWD) face many barriers to good heath, including having overall poorer health, less access toadequate health care, limited access to health insurance, skipping mediacl care because of cost, and engaging in risky health behaviors including smoking and physical inactivity. The goals of the Iowa public health needs assessment were to assess the burden of disability in Iowa counties including health risk factors such as chronic conditions, determine access to preventive health care, and determine the effect of socioeconomic conditions. The state level assessment was based on th 2009-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) and publiccally available Behavioral Risk FactorSurveillance System (BRFSS) 2011 survey. The 2001-2010 combined BRFSS data was used for county level assessment. The needs assessment led us to conclude that adult Iowans with idsabilities face several challenges compared to non-disabled adults. They are more likely to suffer from debilitating chronic conditions and social disparities. Counties with the higher levels of poverty were more likely to have PWD with higher levels of disability related disparities.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: people with disabilities, health disparity, public health needs assessment, burden of disability
Subjects: Health and medicine > Public health
Social issues and programs > Disabilities
ID Code: 16066
Deposited By: Margaret Ferguson
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2014 13:08
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2014 13:08
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/16066